Genesis 1: Yahweh Creates the World in Six Days

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I. Summary

Yahweh (called Elohim) creates light and darkness on the first day, the sky on the second, the land, sea, and vegetation on the third, the sun, moon, and stars on the fourth, the sea creatures and birds on the fifth, and the land animals and people on the sixth. Yahweh grants people dominion over the plant and animal world.

II. Photo

Yahweh allows people to eat fruits and vegetables: “See, I give you every seed-bearing plant that is upon all the earth, and every tree that has seed-bearing fruit; they shall be yours for food.” (v. 29)

III. Select Verses

1-3: When God began to create heaven and earth — the earth being unformed and void, with darkness over the surface of the deep and a wind from God sweeping over the water — God said, “Let there be light”; and there was light.

14-16:  God said, “Let there be lights in the expanse of the sky to separate day from night; they shall serve as signs for the set times — the days and the years; and they shall serve as lights in the expanse of the sky to shine upon the earth.” And it was so. God made the two great lights, the greater light to dominate the day and the lesser light to dominate the night, and the stars.

26-30: And God said, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness. They shall rule the fish of the sea, the birds of the sky, the cattle, the whole earth, and all the creeping things that creep on earth.”  And God created man in His image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. God blessed them and God said to them, “Be fertile and increase, fill the earth and master it; and rule the fish of the sea, the birds of the sky, and all the living things that creep on earth.”

God said, “See, I give you every seed-bearing plant that is upon all the earth, and every tree that has seed-bearing fruit; they shall be yours for food.  And to all the animals on land, to all the birds of the sky, and to everything that creeps on earth, in which there is the breath of life, [I give] all the green plants for food.” And it was so.

IV. Outline

1-5. The 1st day: Yahweh [Elohim] separates light and day from darkness and night

6-8. The 2nd day: Yahweh [Elohim] creates the sky

9-13. The 3rd day: Yahweh [Elohim] separates land from the sea and brings forth vegetation

14-19. The 4th day: Yahweh [Elohim] creates the sun, moon, and stars to separate day from night and to keep track of time

20-23. The 5th day: Yahweh [Elohim] creates and blesses the sea monsters, the crawly sea creatures, and the birds of the sky

24-31. The 6th day

    24-25. Yahweh [Elohim] creates land animals and crawly land creatures

    26-27. Yahweh [Elohim] creates men and women in his/their image

    28-30. Yahweh [Elohim] blesses the people and grants them dominion over and the right to eat animals and fruits/vegetables, while the animals are to eat leaves and grass

    31. Conclusion

V. Comment

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VI. Works Used

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2 thoughts on “Genesis 1: Yahweh Creates the World in Six Days

  • David,

    Richard Friedman is a radical and dogmatic promoter of the “documentary hypothesis.” Many of his assertions are simply fabrications out of thin air. For a good initial antidote to Friedman’s error, possibly you would like to refer your readers to the concise and readable book The Documentary Hypothesis by Umberto Cassuto—a much more sane approach to the Tanakh.



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  • Your use of Yahweh [Elohim] is very confusing. Chapter 1 of Genesis and the first 3 verses of chapter 2 (which really should be included in chapter 1) consistently uses Elohim – the ordinary designation for God. This is probably not a name. I suspect it emphasizes His role as creator. Creator of the whole universe, of the earth and sea, plants and animals, and man.

    Moving into the body of chapter 2 He is properly Yahweh Elohim with his personal name Yahweh added to it. This second chapter shows Him in relationship with man – carefully forming him, planting a garden for him, making it grow things good to look at as well as good for food, and two important trees. As Yahweh God he is in personal relationship with man and woman. Note that the serpent in chapter 3 only talks about Him as God, as he does not enjoy a personal relationship with Him.

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